Listening enables our brain to interpret the sounds we hear so that we can understand.
Many children with speech and/or language difficulties, including difficulties with reading and writing, have inefficient Auditory Processing (listening). Researchers believe that Auditory Processing Difficulties may contribute to problems with language processing and the way in which children perceive (or hear) sounds in words.
Johansen IAS is an Auditory Stimulation programme which involves listening to music specifically designed to stimulate the nerve pathways into and within the brain – in particular the areas dealing with language. Children as young as three years old, adolescents and adults can all benefit from Johansen IAS.
Johansen IAS can be of benefit to children, adolescents and adults with a variety of speech and/or language difficulties, both spoken and written (including specific learning difficulties and dyslexia).
These might include difficulties with one or several of the following:
- Speech Sounds (pronouncing speech sounds correctly)
- Receptive Language (understanding of language)
- Expressive Language (speaking)
- Auditory Processing/ listening
- Written Language (dyslexia)
- Phonological awareness (awareness of speech sounds)
- Autism Spectrum Disorders
- Understanding and remembering information and instructions
- Self confidence and self esteem
- Behaviour – when it may be due to poor communication skills
- Hypersensitivity to loud or particular sounds / noises
When the sub-skills for listening and learning are strengthened through listening to Johansen IAS CDs, language processing abilities can be seen to improve.
Concentration, listening and understanding of language are enhanced as incoming information is dealt with more quickly and efficiently.
Gains in reading and spelling are also often seen, as the ability to analyse the sound structure of words is strengthened, making decoding much easier.
“Listening activities occupy approximately 75% of a typical Primary School day.”